A World on the Move: The Portuguese in Africa, Asia, and America 1415-1808 Saldo dos Comentários ao Livro/Vendedor: Neutro

A. J. R. Russell-Wood
Carcanet/Calouste Gulbenkian
This is the story of the first and one of the greatest colonial empires: its birth, apotheosis, and decline. By approaching the history of the Portuguese empire thematically, A. J. R. Russell-Wood is able to pursue ideas and make connections that previously have been constrained by strict chronological approaches. Using the study of movement as a focus, Russell-Wood gains unique insight into the diversity, breadth, and balance between the competing interests and priorities that characterized the Portuguese culture and its expansion spanning four centuries´ events on four different continents.
This is not specialist political, imperial, economic or religious history.  “These aspects”, Russell-Wood says, “Have been ably covered by others.”  What fascinates him is movement.  “Taking movement as my underlying and unifying theme has freed me to cross oceans, to move from one continent to another, and especially, within reason, the tyranny of chronology.  The themes of transportation, people, commodities, flora and fauna, and ideas, to illustrate this world on the move reflect the diversity, breadth, and balance between competing interests and priorities.  By treating the Portuguese from a global perspective, I hope to counterbalance the scholarly proclivity to compartmentalise their activities into discrete geographical regions.”

Numerous b&w illustrations from photographs, paintings, drawings, engravings, manuscripts and artefacts, maps, maps of the Portuguese world on endpapers, chronology, notes, extensive bibliography, index.

Red boards in undamaged dust jacket, now protected in plastic cover (non-adhesive), tight, bright, and internally clean, slight darkening to small area of lower fore-edge of pages (external and minor).
ISBN13: 0856359947
Release Date:January 1992
Publisher: Carcanet/Calouste Gulbenkian
Length: xvi & 290 Pages
Weight: 0.8 kg.
Dimensions:  23.3 x 5 cm.

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